Bookmark Cafe

The San Leandro Public Library is one of the those gems that make living in this city worthwhile. It’s a pretty big library for a town this size, and despite horrendous budget cuts which, among other things, eliminated the monthly “Family Fun nights”, it still offers a wide variety of books and other media in an inviting atmosphere. Moreover, it’s the only library I know that features a used bookstore, a gift shop and a cafe.
The Bookmark Cafe is small, though rarely crowded. It offers both indoor and outdoor seating, though the outdoor tables are not shaded so we usually chose to sit inside. They sell a wide assortment of food items, though most of them are the pre-wrapped kind. They do have a coffee machine and a variety of coffee products, but as I’m not much of a coffee drinker I’ve never tried any. I have tried their smoothies, which suck (they seem to be made with syrup rather than actual fruit). They serve lunch items, though it appears they are mostly frozen/microwaved ones. A BBQ rib sandwich could only be described as edible.
So we usually stick to sodas, milk and its Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. The latter are great, the chocolate chips melt in your mouth as you eat them. Mika is a huge fan of them.
We go to the cafe practically every day. Mika has become quite addicted to the experience, and while I feel somewhat uncomfortable about giving in to her daily, I love hanging out there as well. And I know it’s a nice memory I’m creating for the future 🙂

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